A Contested Nation by OLIVER ZIMMER


Oliver Zimmer examines the ways that the Swiss outlined their nationwide id within the 19th century, within the face of a altering family and foreign history. Zimmer explores why the kingdom turned the focal point of public trouble at specific historic junctures, how varied social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why the Swiss embraced a few definitions instead of others. starting within the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early nationwide circulate, the publication leads to the Nineties while Switzerland constructed right into a sleek country.

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VII (Cam bridge University Press, 1998), p. 645. 5 Sablonier, ‘S w iss C onfederation’, p. 660, maintains that ‘the fifteenth-century C onfederation, view ed as a w hole, did show signs o f institutional consolidation’. , pp. 6 4 5 -7 0 . T he first reports that give evidence o f regular traffic over the Gotthard pass appeared after 1230. See G uy P. Marchal, ‘D ie Ursprünge der U nabhängigkeit’, in Ulrich Im H of e t al. ), G esch ich te d e r S ch w eiz u n d d e r S c h w e ize r (Basel: H elbing & Lichtenhahn, 1986), p.

They justified their claim to regnal indepen­ dence from England by pointing out the com m on descent o f the Scottish kings, and that the Scots had from earliest tim es been unconquered and independent. 72 Yet, essentially, the myth o f ethnic origin and independence that found expression in the D eclaration o f Arbroath reflects the sense o f solidarity o f a regnal com m unity dom inated by kings and nobles. This tiny elite provided the driving force behind the creation o f the com m unal m yths that the D eclaration o f A rbroath contains.

S ee also the sam e author’s essay, 'P olitische Ö ffentlichkeit in der Sch w eiz im 18. Jahrhundert’, S c h w e ize risc h e Z e itsc h rift f ü r G eschichte 4 6 (1996), 26^12. 71 R eynolds, K in g d o m s a n d C o m m u n ities, p. 27 4 . , p. 276. 73 Here I fo llo w Bruce Webster, M e d ie v a l S co tla n d : The M a k in g o f a n Id e n tity (London: M acm illan, 1997), pp. 8 7 -9 3 . An equally su ccessfu l case o f early-m odern com m unalism , o f course, is the U nited Provinces o f the Northern N etherlands.

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